Plastic Bag Free City

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0897
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Should the Mayor be following the example of the small town of Modbury in working with retailers to make London a plastic bag-free city?

Answer

Answer for Plastic Bag Free City

Answer for Plastic Bag Free City

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Whilst making London a plastic bag-free city is a laudable goal, it needs to be recognised that it is a significantly larger scale than Modbury with its 43 shopkeepers.This year my waste officers will be producing a waste reduction and reuse plan to set out measures for reducing London's waste and increasing reuse. This will include identifying methods for reducing the use of plastic bags by retailers in London.In addition, there are several proposals in my draft Business Waste Strategy that will address the reduction of plastic bags, such as:* the production of a retail sector action plan,* a conference of producers and grocery retailers to discuss the production and retail of materials that cannot be recycled or composted in London, and* negotiating with the Government to establish statutory measures to implement producer responsibility legislation rather than persisting with voluntary agreements.